Welcome to the NRV 14s Club Team! You should have heard from Coach Adams
(me), by now, that you are going to be part of a great club team.
wanted to drop you a note (beware it is a long note) and let you know that I am
excited to be Coaching the NRV 14’s this year and give you an idea of what you
are getting into. Below gives important
information about our team.
You should have heard from Coach Adams (me) by now, and that you are going to
be a part of a great club team.
ARE WE A DEVELOPMENTAL TEAM OR
A CLUB LEVEL TEAM?
we are a club level team. Some of you had questions about developmental level
programs and what I expected from our team this year. I may have used a poor
word choice when speaking to some parents during the notification process. We are a young 14s team; most of our players
do not meet the USAV 14s age definition. We are not a development program team.
We are and will be a competitive team.
WHAT CLUB LEVELS MEANS TO ME:
We are a serious group of players wiling to make hard sacrifices to learn and
play volleyball. There is absolutely
nothing wrong with a developmental program and some players need to have the
chance to be part of those types of programs. But, the level of commitment, desire and skill
is different in my view with a club level team.
is a great sport. Players do
not need a lot of expensive individual personal equipment to play Volleyball. They
need volleyball shoes, kneepads, a water bottle and a whistle (a whistle is a
great stocking stuffer gift because it is not needed until we start
tournaments). We will talk about active ankle supports and other “add-ons” as
the questions come up.
team players are not
required to buy anything more than the basic equipment. Although, Parents and players as a team can
decide to purchase matching items ONLY if it is a unanimous decision. For
example, socks, hair ribbons, etc.
As part of a team bonding exercise in the past, we
have asked the girls to buy cheap sweat pants (Wal-Mart $6) to decorate during
a team gathering by using puff paints.
As listed on the website.
Adams just moved back to the area from Texas a couple of years ago. He
grew up in Salem, VA. He has been coaching youth sports since he
graduated from high school. He has coached football, girls T-ball,
basketball, and volleyball. He has actively been coaching volleyball since
2006. He has coached both Youth Volleyball Recreational Leagues and
juniors with a club in Texas. David led his NRV 14s and 13s team to
several victories and the teams were ranked in the top ten in the ODR.
He is USA Volleyball IMPACT certified and CAP level I certified, and
enjoys watching kids learn the sport of volleyball and expand their personal
skills. His daughter, Faith, plays volleyball, and he has two sons, Ben
and Jacob, that keep him active. David received Coach of the Year Award in
2010. This past Fall 2011 season David coached the Dayspring
Christian Academy Lions Junior Varsity team, located in Blacksburg, VA.”
I have coached youth sports for many years. I
have coached Volleyball for the past 6 years. In Texas, the recreation
department has both a spring and winter league and I coached year around. I
believe that as a Coach I have a responsibility, just as the players, to
continuously learn about the sport.
Not listed on the website is my playing experience. I have played
recreational volleyball on and off for many years. I also played on my
Squadron’s team while I was active duty Air Force. I do have some practical hands on experience
playing the sport, but my main gift is coaching. Not all players are
great coaches and not all great coaches were/are great players. (I am by no
means saying I am great!)
ABOUT THE TEAM
You were all chosen to join this team based on several different factors
during tryouts. (Some of those are listed, in no special order, below):
- Physical Ability
Some of the ladies were well rounded in all three and some stood out in one
area so much that we could not help but want them on the team.
We have a team made of 12 players and 2 Coaches. And I want to make something
We are a team of 14. Period.
We are only as good as our weakest player/coach.
We will work (and I do mean work!) as a team.
We will win and lose together.
We will laugh together and cry together.
During the first practice, we will start that delicate dance of getting to
learn each other and expectations.
I will do some unconventional things during tournaments with the line-ups.
(Be warned now)
I need players and parents to be comfortable knowing ahead of time that I DO
NOT have a “starting six”, or an “A Team” or “B-Team”. I do not work that way.
I have 12 amazing and gifted young ladies that I can use on the court to
be competitive against another team. But, I want to be clear that does
not guarantee everyone playing time either. I want each young lady to
learn their gifts and skills so we can find the right situation to use them. I
believe, in Club, the importance is all about practice time and what we
learn during that practice time. Tournaments are a way to measure how we are
doing against others.
I mentioned briefly to a couple of you already I have a very simple coaching
- Have Fun
- Learn Something
You can find my philosophy on this website under documents.
I have HIGH expectations from my assistant, this team and myself. And,
those expectations may not mean winning every match we play, but rather growing
from where we are to a place that is better.
John Kessel – Has a quote-- “never
be a child's last coach” That is something I want to
Blessings and I will be letting you know when our first practice is scheduled.
Yoda said “Do or do not, there is no try.”